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Murray Browne
Decatur, Georgia
Writer
Interests: Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016), The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), Understanding Search Engines (1999),
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Last year I started reading challenging books to grandson Myrick and now I have a granddaughter Zoey who likes to be read to as well. Here I am sharing David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (2007). Halberstam devotes several background chapters to General Douglas MacArthur the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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Apparently readers around my adopted Little Library are starved for decent books to read because two days after restocking the library with these offerings, the shelves were empty again. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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In a posting from October, 2016 I featured one of the quaint, small libraries in a city park near my house that had fallen in disrepair and suffered from a dearth of books. It's only offering was pro football coach Pete Carroll's treatise on coaching and winning. (Why does it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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March 30th, 2018 was the first anniversary of the I-85 bridge burn and collapse here in Atlanta. We all remember where we were when we saw the black plumes belching over the late afternoon skyline. As I was taking a MARTA train from downtown Atlanta to my home Decatur, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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One of the ways I have managed to keep the baseball flames lit in the off season is by revisiting Neal and Constance McCabe's Baseball's Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon (1993). I took it off my baseball book shelf after a recent visit to the Joe Jackson... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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This is a shout out to that tattered paperback --- a yellowed time capsule that continues to be in circulation while withstanding the onslaught of E-books and the proliferation of audio books. Unlike more modern fanfare, these evocative paperbacks can bring back memories of our reading youth, do they not?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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You can cross The Shoeless Joe Jackson Baseball Museum in Greenville, South Carolina off my Let's-Not-Set-the-Bar-Too-High Bucket List. (I think people put a lot of pressure on themselves with exotic Bucket Lists, which can shorten their lives...) Located in Jackson's actual home near the minor league stadium, Fluor Field, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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In this scene from movie "The Darkest Hour" Winston Churchill, played by Gary Oldman, queries riders on the London Underground whether Great Britain should sue for peace or fight the Nazis on the beaches, the landing zones, fields and streets etc. It was the emotional zenith of the movie, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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"A Weeded Collection is a Used Collection" This adage comes from one of my favorite professors in library school. Shown here is the approximately 150 books which have been purged from our home library. They include: books we read and liked but won't read again, duplicates, books we are never... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at The Book Shopper
I am the same. Read more ABOUT them than actually reading them though I do remember browsing thru Lawrence Ferlinghetti's book of poems Coney Island of the Mind, while in high school, which is so unlike me.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2018 on Beat Generation Exhibit at The Book Shopper
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This morning's reading notes: Followed by this quote: "The small car is worn like shoes or pants. It transforms the motorist into a super pedestrian and renders him nauseating to all occupants of real cars." -- Marshall McLuhan in the essay, Inside the Five Sense Sensorium (1961) Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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The Dream Machine: the Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940 -1975 which is currently on exhibit at the Robert Woodruff Library on the Emory University campus grabbed my attention in unexpected ways when I visited last month. As a baby boomer, I knew some of the basics about the beats... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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Begun in November 2008, the Book Shopper blog has had tweaks in format and content, but has stayed true to its main purpose, a personal outlet about my interest in books and book culture. Originally, it concentrated on the metropolitan Atlanta "literary" scene, but that quickly became a tedious exercise,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at The Book Shopper
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Allow me to count the ways: One. Building construction obliterates sidewalks for months at a time. Two. The crosswalks near these construction sites have long been erased or painted over by unintelligible, utility company hieroglyphics, which can be interpreted by only a select few. (If a graffiti artist defaced public... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Instead of focusing on the best books published in 2017, my tradition is to revisit the best books I read in 2017. To do this I pull out a year's worth of scribbling on notecards that have been repurposed from a variety of sources. These might include promotional postcards from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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Although we first think of New Orleans as a place of jazz, food, and bacchanalia, my longtime partner Denise and I discovered on a recent trip that the richness of the city includes books as well. As mentioned in the previous posting, we began our preparation for a trip to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at The Book Shopper
From the director of Percolator, a new film about the Decatur MARTA Station... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Writing or reading an essay isn’t the only way to stop and ask yourself who you really are and what your life might mean, but it is one good way. – Jonathan Franzen Admittedly, I haven’t been writing any essays lately (with one exception), but I have been reading some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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In this photo I am reading a book to my grandson Myrick about librarians. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu (2017) by Joshua Hammer chronicles the clandestine work of archivists led by Abdel Kader Haidera who rescued over 350,000 manuscripts -- many which were centuries old -- from Islamic extremists who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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A brief follow-up from the previous posting: In Philadelphia Last weekend I finally met Paul Dry, the publisher of my earlier book, The Book Shopper. Even though Paul and I have been book friends for 10 years we never had a face-to-face chat. Along with my longtime partner and editor,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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I am in the midst of a book shopping and book promoting tour, which has been somewhat unconventional. Here’s the itinerary of past and future events: Radical Book Fair, Saturday, October 14, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta The Radical Book Fair gave me an opportunity to see the AARL for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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I know that motorists are often asked to "Share the Road" with cyclists, and cyclists often ride on sidewalks (which is understandable in some instances, but dangerous to pedestrians), but when drivers insist that we share the sidewalks is when I take it personal. This vodka truck came right at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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Street wise pedestrians know that decorative, "fun" crosswalks are badly outnumbered by faded crosswalks, crosswalks covered with utility petroglyphs, and crosswalks that have turned into potholes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
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October 4, 2017 marks the 62nd anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ only World Series Championship in the 75 years that they played in Brooklyn. On October 4, 1955, the Dodgers defeated the Yankees 4 games to 3, after numerous losses to the Yankees in 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at The Book Shopper
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Here's just a few of the pieces from the Books as Art exhibit at the Decatur (GA) Public Library. About the only thing these pieces have in common is that they are books. The month-long exhibit runs through September 29th: Sconce by Dawn Peterson, of Tybee Island, Georgia Goode's School... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at The Book Shopper